Lung Disease Statistics

Life and Breath

The best overall source for statistics on respiratory diseases in Canada is the report called Life and Breath: Respiratory Disease in Canada, released in November 2007. This report is a collaborative effort of the Public Health Agency of Canada's Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, the Canadian Lung Association, Statistics Canada, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information. You can view the report here

Facts and Figures on Lung Diseases

In 2010, the Canadian Lung Association did a study on major lung disease risk factors among Canadians.

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Statistics Canada provides a recent overview of the Canadian population that has asthma. You can view the statistics here

COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis)

Statistics Canada has broken down their research on the percentage of Canadians living with COPD. You can find the statistics here

COPD in Canada is greatly underestimate, To learn more about the issues with COPD dianosis in Canada view this study form Statistics Canada

It is estimated that in 20171:


  • 28,600 Canadians were diagnosed with lung cancer. This represents 14% of all new cancer cases in 2017.
  • 21,100 Canadians died from lung cancer. This represents 26% of all cancer deaths in 2017
  • 14,400 men were diagnosed with lung cancer and 11,100 died from it.
  • 14,200 women were diagnosed with lung cancer and 10,000 died from it.
  • On average, 78 Canadians were diagnosed with lung cancer every day.
  • On average, 58 Canadians died from lung cancer every day.


The Public Health Agency of Canada offers a flu surveillance program called FluWatch. You can keep track of Influenza statistics throughout the country here.


The Public Health Agency of Canada highlights the Tuberculosis statistics from this 2010 Pre-release.


1. Lung cancer statistics are estimates from: Canadian Cancer Society's Steering Committee: Canadian Cancer Statistics 2017. Toronto: Canadian Cancer Society, 2017.

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Page Last Updated: 21/11/2018